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DUMBO ARTS CENTER PROUDLY PRESENTS:
THE 11TH ANNUAL ART UNDER THE BRIDGE FESTIVAL
September 28 - 30, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DUMBO, Brooklyn: NY August 29, 2007 - The 11th Annual Art Under the Bridge Festival takes place from September 28-30, 2007, in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York. Dumbo Arts Center, the Festival's producer is anticipating over 150,000 visitors again this year. Sixty new art works will be scattered throughout the neighborhood, while 158 private studios will open to the public and exhibitions will run in sixteen different venues.
The event is the single largest urban forum for experimental art in the United States that transforms the distinctive waterfront neighborhood into a multi-sensory public art arena.
MOST POPULAR 2007 ARTIST THEME - GREEN
If the pick of each year is a barometer of the prevailing cultural climate, then the GREEN theme probably wins for 2007, manifest both in the use of recycled materials and eco-conscious strategies.
* In a performance piece titled Transform Jackson Martin breathes new life into a pick-up truck, reincarnated as a mobile greenhouse.
* Chicken Invasion '07 is a metaphor for the stigmatization of immigrants, where Alfonso Munoz recycles plastic bags and bottles to fabricate the chickens.
* Eve Mosher's High Water Line draws attention to global warming in a projected flood mark drawn in chalk along the Brooklyn Waterfront.
* Smudge Studio explores the aesthetics and efficiency of sustainability with The Poetics of Night Soil, an interactive art piece consisting of a functional outdoor composting toilet.
* Myk Henry and Cynthia Ruse encourage festival-goers to waltz along a lush grass sidewalk and on Sunday afternoon, take a sod-to-go for planting at home.
* Independent curator, Aniko Erdosi curates, Remarks from Yesterday for Tomorrow, a group show of young Hungarians at 111 Front Street, which includes a recycling station, where visitors can create their own handbag or notebook from used fruit juice cartons and street ad vinyl.
OTHER 2007 POPULAR ARTIST THEMES - SEX / IDENTITY / GENDER
* Dumbo Arts Center hosts Sex in the City, a group exhibition by independent curator, Dean Daderko. In conjunction with the gallery show, Daderko presents, Third Sex-y, in the loading dock of 45 Main Street: an evening of debauchery, celebratory, revelatory, queer uproar and mixed media mélange of video, performance, poetry and full-on entertainment from a surprise cast.
* At 111 Front Street, independent curator, Felicity Hogan, will present Rashaad Newsome and Duran Jackson, two artists whose common denominator is an exploration of black identity in popular culture and contemporary society. Using performance, installation, video and digital technology, both artists harness the language of gesture, choreographed actors and specific use of male and female performers.
* With Party Dress in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dana and Karla Karwas show how a party dress is meant to be worn: waist-clinching, corseted gowns, monumental in scale, with skirts so vast they provide a tent for a chamber music ensemble. The music pavilion is "worn" by six women, seamlessly injecting architecture into fashion in its use of body as space. Step under the skirts, taste a sweet cupcake and enjoy the music...
* Visitors can hop on a water taxi at the Fulton Ferry Landing and travel as far as the Manhattan Bridge and back to enjoy long-running favorite, Project Glo, art works, which illuminate the East River waterfront. After sparkling success in 2006, chandelier artist, NATSU, returns to outdo the Manhattan skyline with thousands of sequins.
* Watch out for members of Caitlin Berrigan's Smelling Committee, who have to make their way blindfold through Dumbo via nothing, but their sense of smell in a new category we're calling the Conceptual Tour Guide.
* A car's blinking taillight will reveal a self-referential coded message in Zach Gold's hilarious nighttime projection, The Sun Shines Out of Our Behinds.
* Numerous Simultaneous Projections will be lighting up the night on facades in Dumbo. Public art collaborative, Illegal Art, mastermind of the recent highly popular interactive Post-It project on Front Street, will present a new project, which invites Dumbo residents and visitors to participate in discovering the value of the neighborhood's past, present and future as an active and creative community.
* In a live presentation by international artist Vitaly Komar, co-founder (with Alex Melamid) of an elephant art academy in Thailand, the fresh-out-of-art school elephant, Dondi, swings her massive trunk and demonstrates her artistic prowess (sponsored by Two Trees Management Inc.)
* For more international exotic flavor, The Hungarian Cultural Center challenges national and international artists to interpret Hungary's national dish, Stuffed Cabbage, at street vendor style carts along Water Street.
* At 81 Front Street, Caspar Stracke and Gabriella Monroy, present a new showcase of cutting edge, contemporary video art including a special program from Seoul and Pusan, South Korea and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
* Saturday, Sept. 29th and Sunday, Sept. 30th, 1:00-6:00 pm: hundreds of artists welcome the public into their studio spaces to get a behind the scenes look at the old factory buildings, where artists have been flourishing for decades. Smack Mellon will feature seven current Artists-in-Residence in their recently relocated basement studios.
FESTIVAL KICK-OFF: SEX, TRIANGLES AND CAROUSELS
* Friday, September 28, 6-9 pm: Sex and the City, curated by Dean Daderko, at the Dumbo Arts Center along with openings at 111 Front Street (special projects by independent curators, Aniko Erdosi and Felicity Hogan); Smack Mellon, LAND (League Artists Natural Design); Nelson Hancock Gallery; Gleason's Gym and Robert Martin Designs.
* Triangle Arts Association will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an Alumni Exhibition, including artists dating as far back as the organization's inception in 1982.
* Jane's Carousel: Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, noon-4 pm: Jane Walentas' fully-restored 48-horse carousel, constructed in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and unveiled at last year's festival, will be operating again this year. All rides @ $1.00. Proceeds will be generously donated to the Dumbo Arts Center.
More details to follow soon!
Breda Kennedy, Executive Director
Images can be viewed online at: http://tinyurl.com/2smyg9
Dumbo Arts Center is the Exclusive Producer of the Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival.™
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* Media Sponsor: The Village Voice
Dumbo Arts Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public registered charity. VIDEO_DUMBO is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. This organization receives funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support for Dumbo Arts Center is provided by the 2007 JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council Inc. (BAC); The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; The Cowles Charitable Trust; The Greenwich Collection; The Joan Mitchell Foundation; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; and The Robert Lehman Foundation; gallery space is generously donated by the Walentas Family and Two Trees Management Inc.
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